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Boston Red Sox: Top 10 Players To Watch Out For

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Best 10 Players to Watch for Boston Red Sox in 2017 MLB Season

The 2017 MLB season opening day is just around the corner, with the opening day being April 2. This year’s Major League Baseball season will be the 117th in the game’s modern era. The opening day comes with several publications bringing out special Major League Baseball season preview issues. The spring training for the Boston Red Sox is manly geared to their fourth World Series title since 2004, and hence their catchers and pitchers are expected to report to Fort Myers in Florida, while their position players are expected to report about three days later. However, we can make some predictions of what will happen given that the Red Sox had few items on their off-season shopping list. Thus, the best 10 Players to Watch for Boston Red Sox in 2017 MLB Season are illustrated below

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts has proved worth his patience as he returns as one of the best young cores for the Boston Red Sox this season. He is one of the best players to watch when the 2017 MLB season opens as the best Boston’s hitter. He is expected to continue producing at the cream of the crop level given the retirement of David Ortiz. In the 2016 season, Betts posted a .318/. 363/ .534/ .897 line with 31 homers, 5 triples, 42 doubles, 113 RBIs, as well as having the league leading 359 total bases that made him finish second for the AL MVP after Mike Trout, however a major concern with Betts is that he will come as a slow starter.

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogarts need to maintain his top of the cream offensive level during this year’s season having batted .329 having a .322 on base percentage, even though slugging .475 percentage in addition to .863 OPS within the initial 85 games. We must remember that his slash line of .253/ .317/ .412/ .729 dipped extremely in last season’s 72 final games, and he had a negative 10 for 2016 season defensive runs. If you are looking forward to Red Sox tickets, you can go here and search for Red Sox tickets without service fees.

Deven Marrero

The 26-year-old Deven Marrero seems to be best placed as the right-handed hitting infielder with the best chance of hitting it. Even though he failed to be selected during the first round of the 2012 season, he has much versatility and this hot spring his versatility could bring in more upside.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jackie Bradley Jr

Bradley started for the AL All-Star team in 2016, and the Boston Red Sox expect to gain a lot from him during this year’s season if he maintains his consistency. The last August he batted .198, and we hope that he will keep his streaky hitter production. With his noticeably large biceps and more muscle, he will consistently hit with more power this year.

Robby Scott

The 27 year Robby Scott looks more than set given that he put up a 2.54 ERA in 2016 at the Triple-A Pawtucket. He is expected to steal Abad’s role this spring, and hence we are sure to speculate that he will be Red Sox’s go to lefty specialist.

Pablo Sandoval

Having dropped some weight during the offseason, Sandoval is a sure trust and shows every indication that he is set for this season. He makes the best choice for Red Sox for the hot corner and a good trust for the third base job in this year’s season since he can hit from both sides.

Chris Sale

Sale is one of the MLB very best starting pitchers having racked up a 3.04 ERA since 2012 with more wins above replacement. He dominated last year’s season with his velocity and strikeout rate. Sale is a perfect fit for Red Sox as the left-hander and he is a personality to watch this season having finished in the top five in the last five years AL Cy Young voting.

Mitch Moreland

The 31 year Mooreland will surely be a significant upgrade at first base as compared to Hanley Ramirez. The left hitting Mooreland is a smart baseball player who clearly understands what the opponents are likely to do in a game. During this season his ability o into left center field makes him one of the best players to watch this spring in addition to his natural stroke.

David Price

Red Sox are likely to gain a lot from price given that he is expected to his groove back. The 31-year-old veteran lefty pitches very well as he enjoys the game having put a 3.99 ERA and pitching 230 innings with a career high thirty home runs during last year’s season.

Sandy Leon

Sandy Leon is the man to watch over Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez as the man to play time behind the plate.  He will certainly earn a shot at the starting gig, and it is expected to be the player that David Price will be throwing to. He will have the bat having posted .845 in last year’s season.

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Celtics Talk: The Little Guys

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The play of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will not make or break this Celtics team. Everyone knows that they’ll perform. No it’s the ancillary characters, those hard-nosed guys who have been placed on the backburner, that will make the difference for Boston during the upcoming 2017-18 season.

This past summer was charged with controversy and pandemonium, following some massive moves made by Danny Ainge and his subordinates. Dishing out well-groomed fan favorites to teams manifold, Boston felt like the nexus of offseason activity in the NBA.

Many Celtics fans still harbor some reproach, regarding the unfamiliarity of this team. But I assure you that there is still exists that “Tommy Point” foundation, which the Celtics will look to for a foothold when the going gets tough. These are the individuals that will dictate the trajectory of this team’s season.    

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Fantasy Football Talk: Who is in and Who is out

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It was Thursday on the eve of Thursday Night Football, and everyone was watching their Smart Phones.  No in this case I’m not talking about the Red Sox 1st Postseason Game.  No I’m not talking about the Bruins 1st Regular Season Game.  Instead, I’m talking about Fantasy Football.  I’m talking about who was playing in Thursday Night’s game.  Yes that’s right everyone wanted to see if Rob Gronkowski would start for the Patriots Game.

Sadly for Fantasy Owners the last minute News update was that no, he was sitting this one out.  Oh no, how disappointing that was!  Me and the rest of Fantasy Nation scrambled to get a new TE starter for the week. Injuries have been something of a real pain to Fantasy Owners.  Almost as bad as Thursday Night havoc for teams who have only 3 days to prepare.  Here are some players who will be out in Week 5.

Rob Gronkowski was the last major player to make the injury report.  Some other Doubtful Players are Chris Carson, C. J. Prosise, Benjamin Watson, Matt Forte, Ty Montgomery, Derek Carr, and Jordan Matthews.  These guys can pretty much be ruled out of Sunday’s Games.  There are still a few Questionable Players like Marcus Mariota, but don’t expect to see much change in status till Game Time.

The Bye Weeks have already started and they bring with them missing players from your Starting Line up.  Here are the Teams that have a Bye this week: New Orleans, Denver, Atlanta, and Washington.  Yup that’s right no Drew Brees, no Demaryius Thomas, no Tevin Coleman, and no Kirk Cousins. Sunday is just a day away and you need to find some replacements.

Here are some of my Picks for replacements for Week 5.  Deshaun Watson QB of Houston, is a solid pick up this week.  He gets better every game, last week he scored a whopping 33.7 Fantasy Points!  He is definitely a good pick up.  Eddie Lacy RB for Seattle, is an ok pick up this week.  If you’re hurting at the RB position then you might want to start him.  He is projected to have 7.5 Fantasy Points this week, last week he had 5.2 Fantasy Points.  Not great but not bad either.

Devin Funchess WR for Carolina, is a great pick up this week!  He had 2 TDs last week, as a fill in for Kelvin Benjamin, and had 19 Fantasy Points.  Expect him to have another solid outing this week.  Charles Clay TE for Buffalo.  Pick him up, I can’t stress this enough!  He is having an unbelievable year and is averaging something like 11 Fantasy Points each week.  He  looks to be still available in some Leagues, which is just crazy.  Join the bandwagon and start him this week.

For D/ST pick up the Steelers.  They had 15 Fantasy Points last week and have a solid Defensive Line.  They are looking to be the best this year, so pick them quickly before someone else does.  Jake Elliott K for Philadelphia, is a good choice for Kicker, if you need one.  He should be available in most Leagues.  His last week he scored 19 Fantasy Points, 2 XP and 4 FG.

So that about rounds it out for this Weeks Picks.  If there is anything else that I should add it ‘s this: “Play Someone”.  If you have missing players on your roster then you are probably doing something wrong.  Play Time = Points, so if you think you don’t have to start someone for your Team.  Think again!  Just play someone, anyone really, to get those Fantasy Points at that Position.  That’s pretty much all I have to say on that subject.

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Patriots Win in Spectacular Fashion against the Texans 36-33

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It was late in the 4th Quarter with a little more than 2 Minutes left on the clock.  The Patriots were down by 5 and needed a TD badly.  No worries this is Tom Brady territory!  Tommy had the ball and that is all you needed hope in.  He was all set for his 50th 4th Quarter comeback.  Yes that’s right, I said his 50th comeback.

TB12 is notorious for his comebacks as we can look at the Super Bowl as a clear example.  He is just automatic!  This is a guy who refuses to lose.  This is a guy who will throw the ball to the end zone for a needed TD.  And you know what it works!  I don’t know how he does it, I mean really, this guy is just incredible.  He works like magic in the 4th Quarter.  And if he has the ball with 2 Minutes left, you best be on your guard.

What happened before all this was patriots football as usual.  A TD to Rob Gronkowski, 2 TDs to Chris Hogan, and a TD to Brandon Cooks.  It looked like it would come down to the team that scored last.  And I have to tell you I had my doubts when the Houston Texans scored a late Field Goal to make it [33-28].  I mean how do you comeback from being down by 5 late in the 4th Quarter.  I know that the team’s offense looked a bit stagnated with their last possessions.  It didn’t look good.

But you know nothing looks good until the end of a comeback and TB12 was not about to lose.  He got down the field with help from Gronk, Amandola, Hogan, and Cooks.  Then near the Red Zone with 30 something left on the clock he threw it to Cooks for the TD.  It was a spectacular catch!  Cooks toe tapped his way in the end zone and controlled the ball all the way to the ground.  Wow, what a great catch!  And just when they needed it too.

The Pats weren’t done there, they wanted to make sure that they had it in the bag.  [34-33] wasn’t good enough.  What they needed was to take the Texans out of the game with 20 something seconds on the clock.  They went for a 2 point conversion and got it with a Brady-Cooks hookup on the far side of the end zone [36-33].  It was the proverbial nail in the coffin!

TB12 showed us just why he is legendary today, he is the GOAT.  Give him 2 Minutes and he’ll win the game!  He had done it 49 times before this one and I’d have to say that this one was just as memorable as the others.  It just was unbelievable.  I wasn’t sure he had, another one, in him.  But you just can’t doubt him.  He knows the 2 Minute drill inside and out.  He knows his receivers inside and out.  He knows the play calls inside and out.  This was just another reason to love Tom Brady.  His comebacks are simply timeless.  Here’s to 4th Quarter comeback number 50!

The Patriots next game will be against Carolina at Foxboro, Sunday at 1pm on Fox.  Look for them to be doing football as usually going into the week.  I’m expecting Gronk, Amandola, Hogan, and Cooks to have big games.  Hogan and Cooks had a huge game today.  Now that they have those Big Game jitters out of their system, expect them to ride high into next game.

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